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The 19th century gold-mining settlement and South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg is a lush township that was the former home of Nelson Mandela. Today that residence has been turned into the Mandela House Museum. On a sightseeing tour of Johannesburg you can explore the Soweto museums that chronicle the struggle against racial discrimination, these include the Apartheid Museum and an erstwhile prison complex, the Constitution Hill. Jo’burg to its residents, Johannesburg is a city steeped in history, culture, architecture and cuisine, and perhaps South Africa’s most colorful city.

Modern day Jo’burg is an amalgamation of high-rises, flowering neighborhoods, old colonial mansions, swish markets and themed cafes and restaurants. Among fun activities in Johannesburg, take time out to visit Maboneng, a sprawling urban neighborhood also dubbed among the world’s most successful urban-renewal projects. Even after several decades of restoration, the realities of the city are stark, the poor neighborhoods share space with the affluent ones, and you can still look through the flimsy social fabric of the city. Take a trip to the townships of Sandton and Rosebank, and then perhaps compare it to that of Alexandra to get a sense of the society and its economic structure.

There are plenty of activities in Johannesburg you can pursue; for instance walk down the vibrant streets of Melville, get a closer look into the Apartheid movement with a visit to the Tutu House, Mandela House, Hector Pieterson Memorial among others. Among things to do in Johannesburg, a visit to Pretoria, also called Jacaranda City after the annual gigantic purple Jacaranda blooms, is highly recommended. South Africa’s plush administrative capital, at Pretoria browse the iconic Palace of Justice. Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life here in 1964. And then the place where he took oath as the President 30 years later at the Union Buildings. But whatever else you do in Johannesburg, don’t miss a visit to the Pilanseberg Nature Reserve to spot the Big Five and then cap it off with a trip to the sprawling Sun City resort. Johannesburg is full of surprises in every turn.